Freshmen Applicants

Students are not admitted directly to the following majors: Biochemistry, B.S., Chemistry, B.S., Chemistry, B.A. Instead, they are first admitted to the Pre-Chemistry major, and they may advance to full major standing in one of these majors only after fulfilling the pre-major courses and grade requirements. All students intending to major in Chemistry (B.S. / B.A.) or Biochemistry (B.S.) will need to declare Pre-Chemistry as their major before being able to move on to these full majors. The Pre-Chemistry courses take around 2 years to complete, and after satisfaction of all of the required areas, students will be able to declare a full major in any of our programs.

Pre-Chemistry Major: This major sheet document articulates all of the requirements for the completion of the Chemistry Pre-Major.


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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9510